On a recent trip to Montana and Wyoming, I saw magpies for the first time. They were everywhere and since I knew very little about this species, I did some research.
Magpies are about 18 inches long and are easily recognized by their black and white plumage. Wings and longs tails are iridescent green, blue, or purple. Magpies, related to crows, are omnivores and eat a varied diet. They are thought to be intelligent animals capable of complex thinking, A group pf magpies is called a parliament. Magpies mate for life and females lay about six eggs per clutch. Click here for additional information.